As each person completes herself or himself and contributes what is authentic, a new paradigm emerges: circularity. At rest, it is a circle, and in motion, a spiral. When we look more closely at each part, it is a microcosm of the whole. If we consciously take this as our organizing principle, we come up with very nonbinary, unlinear, nonhierarchical results. For instance:
If we think of ourselves as circles, our goal is completion not defeating others. Progress lies in the direction we havent been.
If we think of families and nurturing groups as circles, the sum means maximizing each part not restricting others or keeping secrets. Progress is appreciation.
If we think of work structures as circles, excellence and cooperation are the goal not competition. Progress becomes mutual support and connectedness.
If we think of nature as a circle, then we are part of its reciprocity. Progress means interdependence.
If we respect nature and each living thing as a microcosm of nature then we respect the unique miracle of ourselves.
And so we have come full circle. Self-esteem is not a zero-sum game: by definition, there is exactly enough to go around. By making the circle the organizing image in our minds, a prison of lines and limits will gradually disappear.
|----Revolution From Within|